Tough political battle in offing in Dahisar as rebel candidates will challenge Vinod Ghosalkar.
Former Mayor Shubha Raul who recently quit Shiv Sena to join MNS will contest the assembly election against sitting Sena MLA Vinod Ghosalkar from Dahisar. Raul was unhappy with the functioning of Ghosalkar and had said that he was ill-treating women. Raul is one of the three women councillors who alleged that Ghosalkar had been mentally harassing fellow Sena councillor Sheetal Mhatre who had quit the party to join Congress. She and BJP corporator Manisha Chaudhari too will be fighting the assembly election from the same constituency. Thus it’s a tough battle ahead for Ghosalkar who will be facing rebel candidates who have quit the party. Since all major parties have decided to go it alone, they have given candidature to corporators in large numbers.
Shubha had expressed her desire to contest election from Dahisar three months ago. However, the party denied tickets to her and fielded Ghosalkar from the same constituency. She was disappointed with the party’s decision and hence joined MNS and filed nominations.
“We had warned Uddhav Thackeray against giving a ticket to Ghosalkar, but the latter still managed to get a ticket. I felt like leaving politics at that point of time. However, after I watched Raj Thackeray’s blue print, I was impressed. The fact that they want me to join their party made me think about it. Hence, I decided to join the MNS. I will be raising the Ghosalkar issue and the disrespect he showed towards a woman throughout my campaign,” said Raul
AV spoke to the people residing in Dahisar to know about their opinion about Vinod Ghosalkar. Here is what they had to say about his performance.
Lucky Raj a shop owner said, “Development is not visible in our constituency. I am unaware about the candidates who are contesting this election. Whoever wins should give more priority for resolving traffic problems and maintain cleanliness.”
Rajesh Suthar a shop owner said, “I will vote for BJP as the party had done a good job in Gujarat. Parties should work for abolishing poverty from our country.”
Hukam Chand a hawker said, “Vinod Ghosalkar has not performed any work. Leaders should resolve the problems faced by the common man like tackling inflation.”
Ram Lalan a vendor said, “Mr Ghosalkar is doing a good job and I will vote for him. Subha Raul has taken a wrong decision to quit Shiv Sena and join MNS.”
Praful Hirani a shop owner said, “He has failed to live up to the expectations of the people. I will vote for a BJP candidate this time.”
Ramesh Purohit a shop owner said, “He has done some development work. I don’t know which candidates are contesting election this time.”
Hasmukh Cheda a shop owner said, “I will vote for BJP. I want them to work for the welfare of masses.”
Chandrakant Gada a shop owner said, “He has done some developmental work but it’s not up to the mark. I know Shubha Raul and she is good candidate and will vote for her.”
Mukesh Rajput a shop owner said, “Sheetal Mhatre has performed a good work here. The party which emerges victorious should not allow the construction of illegal buildings.”
Bhavesh Modi a shop owner said, “I am aware about candidates who are fighting this election.”
Prashant Pawar a medical shop owner said, “Sheetal Mhatre has done a good job. She had provided financial assistance for the treatment of my mother who is suffering from cancer. I will vote for Sheetal and expect her to help other people too.”
By Maya Gohil